Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Yikes! I can't believe that it's the last Royal Kat Wednesday of the year! Holly cow, where did the time go?? Hopefully you arrived here from the WIS site. If not, get on back to the beginning and see what you've missed! Not only is it the last RKW for the year, but the last in the foreseeable future. We're moving the hops to Monday and Tuesday on 2010 and I'll be posting on Monday instead. So mom and my other blog reader, look for me then! HA!

Anywho, today's task was to use the spotlight technique. Basically you spotlight a portion of the image. Pretty self explanatory. Grin.... I used my Frozen Dragon to for this one.

I colored him with copics and highlighted his face by punching it out and matting it with a red circle. I punched out a few snow flakes for a little embellishment and bling. This was a super easy and fun technique. You also may notice that my picture isn't all yellow and dark. Could it be that I was on the ball and finished my post ahead of time and was able to take a picture while it was still light out? Nope! Kev got me a light tent for Christmas and I am SO excited! Tools to assist with procrastination! YEAH!!! (just kidding, really, it makes nicer pictures too...)

So, before you head out, there is a HUGE sale going on right now, you get 40% off past kits, 40% off ALL stamps and a free personalized stamp. Holly cow! That's an awesome deal! I would go shopping with that extra Christmas money if I were you!

Now, your time with me is really over, so scoot on over to Nina and see what sorts of awesome she has waiting for you!

Enjoy!
Oh, and just in case you get lost, here's the hop list!

QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Lara's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ready for Christmas?

Gack, can you believe that Christmas is next week?? Where has December gone? Thankfully I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping. All the packages are packed, wrapped and mailed off. Kev's presents are tucked away waiting to be wrapped. The trees are up, and I might actually make a cookie or two. Crazy huh???

So, I've been in a bit of a funk lately and in an attempt to cheer me up, Kev took me to see Phantom of the Opera last night. Now. my musician hubby DESPISES Andrew Lloyd Weber. Despise being a kind word... needless to say I was pretty excited! It's been at least 10 years since the last time I'd seen the show and the touring company that came to Durham was fantastic! The singers were quite excellent and Kev had a good time! The final verdict was that the first act was much better than anticipated and the second act was as bad/a little worse than anticipated. Overall he said it was slightly better than expected. A success in my book!

So, to celebrate last night's success, how about a few Christmas cards? I made these 2 a while ago using some Hero Arts stamps from Archivers.

The designer paper is from Basic Grey, I believe from the Eskimo Kisses line. I stamped the image in Ripe Avocado ink. Then I colored the balls with a Copic marker. For a little extra glitter I added some gold accents with a gold Spicia pen.

Again with the Hero ares birdy who I colored with my Copics. It's hard to tell from the picture but the leaves in the paper are kind of a sage / light blue color. That's why I paired it with Aqua Mist paper and ribbon from PTI. It's really cute in person and this one went to my grandma!
Alrighty, I think I want to make some peanut butter balls. Wish me luck!
Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!! How's your holiday preparations been going? I think I'm finally done with the family, now to wrap and mail them off! Any who, welcome to the QKD blog hop! Hopefully you arrived here via the WIS blog. If not, head on back to the beginning and check out what you've missed! Today's theme was to make a creation using blue, white and grey.

I again used my frozen dragon stamp! Isn't he cute?? I colored him with my Copics and matted the image with grey paper. I'm not sure if you can tell, but the designer paper is flocked and is super soft to the touch. Add a few punched snowflakes and there you have it!

If you like this stamp, head on over to the store and take advantage of the awesome Cyber Sale
35% off QKD Stamps
30% off on all Past Kits
(Good today through 12/25/09)
(Excludes the separates line & personalized & custom stamps)

I hope you enjoyed your time here! Now, go see Anessa and she what she has for you!

And as always, in case you get lost, here is the full hop list!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

WHAT??? Wednesday again? My how the time flies!! Hopefully you've arrived here from Bev's blog, If not, head on back to the beginning and see what the team has waiting for you this week!

For this project we had a lovely sketch to play with. Sometimes I have trouble "staying within the lines" so, um I took a little artistic license with this one.

I used the Frozen Dragon stamp which is brand new this month and colored him with Copics to match the sparkly paper that I picked up this evening. Since the dragon looked so cold, I figured he must have been standing in snow so I used white puff paint to make my drifts. To finish it off, I added a Happy Holidays rub-on. I really debated adding the strip on the side as the sketch call for, but I didn't want to cover up any more of the paper. (Also, please pardon the lighting. It's pretty late here and the natural light has been gone for HOURS.)

Well, that's all for me, Your next stop is Anessa! Go see what she has waiting for you!
Enjoy!


PS, here's the list in case you get lost!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling...

Hey all, can you believe that it's December already?? I sure can't! I do have all of the Christmas decorations sitting in boxes in the kitchen. The kitties can't stay out of the artificial tree box. Ugh, it's still in the box, I can't imagine what they'll do once I get it up... Well, really it's just Luger, he's still a bit hyper and this is his first Christmas... Someone save me...

So, how about a little Christmas card to get me in the mood? I used the Giga Guidelines set from PTI for the background and stamped it using Baja Breeze.

I then stamped the ornaments with Baja Breeze and the sentiments are stamped with SU! Basic Grey. I layered the Basic Grey paper and I added a scalloped edge of grey as well. Then I added a bow and ribbon. There is a whole lot of business going on with this card and I just love the way this one turned out!

I have to get working on some projects for a craft show next week. I have a pile of half finished Santa heads here and I'd better get working!

Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Welcome again to Royal Kat Wednesday!! Today is a very special Wednesday, why? It's release day!! Hooray for release day!!! Hopefully you've arrived here via Sierra Granny's blog. If not, head on back to the beginning and see what you've missed!

This month I got to play with the new Frozen Dragon stamp. She is adorable!! and so fun for this time of the year!

I colored my dragon with my Copics to match this fun designer paper from Cosmo Cricket. The paper was my color inspiration. After coloring I attached her to a cutout from my Slice machine and added some glitter to the edge. I used my Slice again for the sentiment. I just adore these non-traditional Christmas colors, don't you??

Now before you go, we have a little sale for you cyber shoppers, Cyber Days Shipping Sale!! Save on shipping rates!!!
Spend $20 get $2 shipping...
Spend $50 get FREE Shipping...
Spend $100 get FREE shipping & a FREE stamp set!
(Good today through 12/2/09)

Seriously, how awesome is that? Love this stamp? Go get you one and one for a friend too!! So, head on over Anessa and see what awesomeness she has waiting for you!! Enjoy!!

And in case you get lost....

QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Royal Kat Switcheroo

Welcome to Royal Kat Tuesday! That's right, Tuesday. We decided to move up the Wednesday hop a day because of the holiday. We figured that everyone would have WAY too much to do tomorrow and might miss the awesome hop. As so, I hope you arrived here via Andrea's blog. If not, head on back to the beginning and see what you've missed!

This week we had a fantastic image for our inspiration. I decided to keep it nice and simple for my interpretation. I used some fantastic designer paper from my stash paired it with the Congratulations sentiment from the Friends set.

Again, plain and simple, I just love how this could be mass produced for birthdays or thank you cards.
Well, that's all for me, head on over to Anessa and see what she has waiting for you!! Ooo, and here's the list in case you get lost!
Enjoy!!



QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

Hey all!! Phew, i have been feeling like doody for the last few weeks. Bleck, bleck, bleck... We just got back from our whirlwind holiday trip. I love our families but i am SO happy to be home in my own bed with my kitties! They are definitely happy to see us. Right now I have two sleeping on the couch with me. Grin..

I also had a fabo birthday! Kev had the Tiffany fairy make a visit... Sigh, I love when the Tiffany fairy stops by. All in all it was a great birthday!

So, how about a little something I made earlier in the month? I used the Winter Swirls set from PTI. I took the mitten and embossed them with silver powder.

Then I paired it with some fantastic paper from Cosmo Cricket.I just love how this one turned out. Such fun colors and the bling just makes me happy.

Come on back tomorrow and I'll try and have a little something else up for you! Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Special Thursday Hop!

What??!! Back again?? Oh yes I am! You see, today marks the 3rd birthday of Queen Kat Designs and we are having a PARTY!! If you haven't seen, you MUST head on over to the QKD Blog and check out all the challenges! There are some FANTASTIC prizes to be won, run on over and see what's up for grabs! I'll wait.... toodely doo... waiting... You back? Excellent!! In honor of the celebration, we are having a blog hop to announce a NEW DESIGNER!! Gack, yes we are!! Her name is Kelly Kost and her stamps are in the store for you to grab up! So,you should have arrived here from Anessa's blog, if not, get back to the beginning and see what you've missed!

I was lucky enough to play with her Wizard of Oz set. Isn't that ADORABLE??? I colored the friends with my Copic markers and with my Cpoic Multi liner pen, drew in a yellow brick road. Oh yes, I did. Let me tell you, this is the extent of my artistic ability. I remembered perspective and tried to make the road look like it was disappearing into the horizon. Then my brain was in danger of exploding and I went back to coloring. I used some fun fall papers and bling to finish off the card.
Now, you might think I'm finished, no siree. I made 2, count em, 2 cards! Again I started off coloring the image with my Copics.
I colored their faces to make them look more like the characters instead of kids playing dress up. I also went a little more abstract with the road and instead of drawing, filled it in with goldish glitter. I pulled out some fun paper in my stash and added some bling!
Well, I hope you've enjoyed your stay with me! Get on over to Linda's blog and see what she has waiting for you!
And in case you get lost, the links and hop order is below!
Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Wednesday again??? Yes it is!! Welcome to Royal Kat Wednesday!! Hopefully you've arrived here from Andrea's blog. If not, head on back to the beginning and see what the other ladies have waiting for you!!

Today's theme was to use the QKD colors which are pink, purple and grey. I used those colors to color Bunny Chan.

After I colored her with my Copics, I masked off the image and used my SU! spritzer to give that speckled look. I added some fun felt pieces to add a little interest and texture.

Well, that's all for me today, head on over to Anessa and see what she has waiting for you!

And in case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop!

Enjoy!

QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A few Chirstmas cards?

Happy Saturday! I thing that it's FINALLY stopped raining here and after 3 days the sun is out! Nice! Of course we still have to do some tidying around the house, it's gotten a little messy here over the last few days.

I am a little bummed out, tomorrow is the 30 anniversary party of the Founding of Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at the University of Pittsburgh. The current girls are hosting a huge brunch tomorrow and tonight a bunch of alum are having a party at Peter's Pub. I am SO bummed that I couldn't make it. I was just in Pittsburgh last month and we are heading up for Thanksgiving next week, but there are a TON of people going who I haven't seen in YEARS. Sniff, sniff, I hope they have an AWESOME time tonight and tomorrow!

So, how about I show you a few Christmas cards instead?? For both I used supplies from Papertrey Ink. All the card stock, stamps, designer paper and even the buttons came from there. :)

This one I went up and down. See?

And this one is horizontal. See the similarities? Well, I did use a Kraft base on this one. See, slightly different..
I really love this color combo. It is fantastic! I was pretty bummed that I ran out of Ripe Avocado ribbon while making this last card. Boo... I need to get some more.

Alright, that's all for me, have a great night!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Can you believe it's that time again??? Yes sir, Royal Kat Wednesday!! This week we had a super fab sketch to play with! Hopefully you arrived here via Andrea's blog! If not, head on back to the beginning and see what the other ladies have created!!


For mine, I decided to play with the Cabaret Fairy. I also used a background stamp from the June Bird set

Please pardon the picture, it's really dark here! So, I colored her with copics and used some designer paper from my stash. I also used More Mustard and Chocolate Chip paper.

She was tons of fun to create! I hope you enjoy her! Well, my time on the hop is through, head over to Anessa and check out how awesome she is!!

And in case you get stuck, here is the entire list!
Enjoy!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Enjoy!

Lara

Sunday, November 8, 2009

One more Challenge!

That's right! I have yet another challenge down! The theme of this one was Coffee, tea or me. In a nutshell, it had to feature coffee beans, tea bags or a picture of moi. I went with coffee and me!

Do you see the resemblance? I looked just like this at about 8am this morning. Sad and armless without a shirt... Just kidding! I stamped Joe the Monster on Kraft card stock and colored him with a few copics. I stamped a polka dot border and added some vintage buttons. Then I glued a few beans into the center of the buttons! They smelled SO GOOD sitting on my desk, YUM!

Well, I have a giant pile of clothes to be folded and washed, I have to get working on them before Kev buys a new wardrobe because he can't find his!
Enjoy!
Lara

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What! Another Challenge

Yes it is! Another challenge for QKD in the books! This one was to make a 3D Thanksgiving project, I was really stumped on this one for a while and then I had a flash of smart!

PUMPKINS! Pumpkins ate thanksgiving-y, right? As I'm typing this I realize that a 3D Thanksgiving project could have actually been a Birthday themed since my birthday is on the 26th this year! Well, I have a pumpkin instead... Anywho, I used the Fancy Swirls stamp for this project.
I stamped the image over and over in Dusty Durango ink on Dusty Durango paper. Then I cut it lengthwise into 1 inch strips. I actually used about 1 1/2 pieces of card stock since I wanted it to be a little fuller. I punched a hole at the top and bottom of each piece and secured them together with a giant brad. When you fan them out, pumpkin! I used a flower punch and some curled strips of card stock for the top.
These are SUPER easy to make and I can see myself filling a basket with them as a centerpiece!

I hope you enjoy!
Lara

Friday, November 6, 2009

QKD Challenge #2

Happy Friday! I am gearing up for a rather uneventful day. Well, I do need to do some job stuff and I think I'll go to Barnes and Noble and take up space in their cafe. I get too distracted at home between Kev and the kitties..

Anywho, here is day 2 of the QKD challenges. We were to take a non-holiday stamp and make it into a holiday card. I chose Dotty Bird for this one.

I stamped her with Old Olive ink and added some bling. I cut out the birdie and mounted her on a cute piece of card stock from Cosmo Cricket. A few buttons and voila! a cute Christmas card!!

The cool thing about Dotty is that she's on SALE! If you purchase 2 stamp sets you get a separates stamp FREE! Dotty is a separates stamp and she can be all yours!! The sale ends on the 7th, so head on over there while you still can!

Enjoy!
Lara

Thursday, November 5, 2009

QKD Challenge

Is it still Thursday?? Phew! Ms Queen Kat issued a few challenges to the Royal Stamping Maids for the weekend. One of them was to create a project using inchies or twinchies or pinchies, or whatever they are. Grin... I have NEVER played with inchies before so this was like venturing into the great unknown...

I kinda altered the inchie into an inch-and-a-quarterie. The only square punch I have is 1 1/4. Grin... I was looking through my QKD stamps and I thought that the tops of these palm trees looked like the flowers on my designer paper. (Do you see it?) Work with me folks... I colored the trees to match the paper. I really love is color combo of taupe, chocolate brown, gray and cream.

So, I originally had 3 trees but decided to remove the center one and add these sentiments from the Seals set. I think it adds a nice touch with the bling.

Well, that's all for tonight, be sure to stop back tomorrow and see if I pull out another challenge!
Enjoy!
Lara

Gotta make the Christmas Cards

Christmas cards, what??!! Yes, I'm getting an early start this year. Last year I was makin' cards up until December 20th. This year I picked up the new Vintage Ornaments set from PTI. Yeah, I totally LOVE this!

Yeah for non-traditional Christmas colors. I went with Raspberry Fizz and Chocolate Chip for this one. I also found a glittery button in my stash. So happy....

So today Kev and I ran my car over to the body shop, let's just not ask why OK, let's just say that I need to get a punch card for that place... Perhaps after a few visits I get the next one free. Ehhh? Anywho, it;s supposed to be finished in 2 days, I asked them to promise that it wouldn't take a month this time. They said it wouldn't, I think I might reduce my payment for every additional day...

Needless to say, I am car-less today while Kev goes to work and ti play tennis. I guess I could get on my bike if I was so inclined but I doubt it.... I guess I shall focus on the job search. I let the kitties outside since they were running around like crazy. Hopefully they haven't escaped into the woods...
Have a great day!
Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Welcome to Royal Kat Wednesday!! This is a very special Wednesday... why? It's release day!! Yeah! We have some fantastic stamps being released today and yes, this might be my Favorite release to date! (OK, i say that every time but it's true!!!)

K, back to the fun! Hopefully you arrived here via Andrea's blog. If not. and you stopped in t get your daily dose of me, head on back to the beginning and check out all the fantablous creations!

For my treat today, I got to play with Bunny Chan which is another amazing stamp by Che Gilison. Love her, loved coloring her!!

I went with a fall-ish color palette for this card and used dark yellow, grey and cream. I just love this color combo!! I colored her with my Copics and matched her with some cute paper from SEI. I also got really excited when I found these flowers with little skulls in my stash. Cute!!

Not only do we have a new release, there is a fantastic sale going on right now! When you purchase 2 stamp sets, you get 1 separates stamp free! OR purchase 3 separates and get 1 FREE! (up to a $3.99 value)

If that isn't enough, put November 19th on your calendar right now! We are having a blog hop to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Queen Kat Designs AND to welcome a new designer to the company!

Phew, is that enough for you?? Yes, OK, head on over to Anessa and see what awesome creation she has waiting for you!
Enjoy!!!

Oooo, in case you get lost, here's the hop list!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Maria's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Katarina's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I got an award!

Awww, I got a blog award!! This is actually my very first one, sniff, sniff... Thanks Vicki!!


The rules are this: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word. Now, I know that I should follow the rules but I reserve the right to make up my own one word phrases. Did you know that's how it's done in the German language? That was the one thing I learned with my B-.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse?
2. Your hair? shoulder-ish
3. Your mother? awesome
4. Your father? cracks-me-up
5. Your favorite food? Cookies!
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? coffee-or-cosmos (depends on the time of the day...)
8. Your dream/goal? Success
9. What room are you in? Living
10. Your hobby? Stamping
11. Your fear? Clowns
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? North
13. Where were you last night? Couch
14. Something that you aren't? Employed? HA!!!
15. Muffins? Pumpkin
16. Wish list item? Job? (See #14)
17. Where did you grow up? West Virginia
18. Last thing you did? Pet Kitty
19. What are you wearing? track suit
20. Your TV? Cake Boss
21. Your Pets? Quiet (for a change!)
22. Friends? Fantastic!
23. Your life? Needs a Boost!
24. Your mood? Procrastinistic
25. Missing Someone? Kevie!
26. vehicle? VW (LOVE IT!!)
27. Something your not wearing? Bra (but my cami has one built in!)
28. Your favorite store? Ann Taylor
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday (Kev read me the Greman warranty for his guitar in an angry voice. It always makes me laugh!)
31. Last time you cried? Few days ago
32. Your best friend? Kristin
33. One place that I go to over and over? Starbucks
34. Facebook? Hellsyeah
35. Favorite place to eat? Brio!

Alrighy, not sure who I'm passing this on to, lemme think about it!
Enjoy!
Lara

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Kev and I decided to dress up and go to dinner then to a party after. We went to the Halloween store and got Kevin a costume. He wanted to have crazy hair so we built his costume around that. He He... I wanted to be a witch and have Godiva be my black kitty. Let me tell you, she did NOT want to cooperate.

We got dressed and ready for the trick or treaters and took some pictures. When I went to get the kitty she yelled "no, no, no" (Yes, Godiva talks) I explained that she only needed to sit still for one picture.
Then there was Kev..
He was an evil Proctologist, complete with bloody finger... I kid you not.
The funniest part for me was that he didn't wear pants. Just shorts hidden under his lab coat.

Yep, that's my hubby!

We got all dressed and had the candy waiting and NOT A SINGLE kid came to the house. We live in a subdivision in a cul-du-sac. Not a single stinking kid.. I was a little annoyed until we went to the party.
Believe it or not, Kevin WON FIRST PLACE! Yep, $250 for his costume! He beat out Jesus and 2 guys from the Big Lebowski. I think the bloody finger pushed him over the top... Ewww
K, I have to get to work on this cup of coffee!
Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A few more pink ribbons

Can you believe that October is almost over? YIKES!! You know what that means... Celebration of my Birthday Month! I am a firm believer in extending the celebration as long as possible, in fact, I really think I should have the 12 days of Lara's Birthday leading up to the glorious day. Kevin tends to disagree... To hear him tell it, I am a little "difficult to handle" when it comes to presents. Heh... This year it's on Thanksgiving and Kev is shipping my present to his mom's house since hee doesn't want to ride 11 hours in the car with me if I know there's a present nearby. Heh...

K, we still have 2 days before we start the Birthday Month celebration, so how about a few more pink ribbon cards? The first one I just adore. The paper is from PTI and even though it's a Christmas DP, I think it's perfect year round.

I framed the image with a cutout from my Slice. (LOVE the design!) The image and sentiment are by Stampendous and I got the set at Archivers.

For the second one I used the same ribbon stamp and some older DP from Stampin Up!

I dug through my scrap pile and found 1 piece of pink cardstock that matched the designer paper. I was pretty excited! The bling excited me too... It really doesn't take much any more.

Well, I have a few design things to work on as well and some projects for Made by Hand. I guess I have to get working on Christmas now! YIKES!!

Have a good night!
Lara

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday

Can you believe that it's Wednesday already? You know what that means, another edition of Royal Kat Wednesday. Hopefully you've arrived here from Andrea's blog. If not, please be sure to head back to the beginning so you don't miss a thing!

This week was to draw inspiration from this fabo image chosen by Maria.

I decided to use Melody the Mermaid for my card this week and drew my inspiration from the pink and purple stripes.
You know I HAD to get in one last Halloween card in before the end of October. Is;t she beautiful?!! I colored her with my Copics and mounted the image on some Basic Grey designer paper. For an additional accent I used my Martha Stewart cobweb punch and since she still needed a little more bling, I attached part of a crystal cobweb.

Well, your time with me is through, your next step is Anessa! I know she has something awesome waiting for you!!

Oooo, and in case you get lost, here's the complete list! Enjoy!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Maria's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Katarina's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Kitties!

So, I had to make more than one black kitty card. For this one I used a Whipper Snapper set that I had gotten last year.


I love the cheezy grin on the kitty's face. I paired it with some fun paper with glitter pumpkins. and used my Martha Stewart cob web punch. Now, let's see if we can get these mailed before Halloween, me thinks I need some stamps.

As I was taking some pictures this morning, I was reminded by one of the kitties that he was being neglected. I think he's exaggerating but I took a picture just the same.

That's Luger, and he is a fluffy cutie. Can you believe that he's ONLY 6 months old??!! This kitty is going to be a tank!!

Alrighty, have a great afternoon!!
Lara

Sunday, October 25, 2009

TCP Tuesday

I realized today that I hadn't made a single black kitty Halloween card this year. GASP! If you weren't aware Kevin and I share the house (and my side of the bed) with a very stubborn and opinionated black kitty. As a matter of fact, she's commandeered my chair as I type this post. The Steeler game was making me nervous (and Kev is either yelling NO or GO right now) so I came up to the craft cave to make some cards. Godiva loves to jump in my chair the minute I get up, as a result, I'm on the floor right now. I think we need to have a conversation about priorities.

Anywho, this is what I came up with for this week's TCPTUES challenge.

I pulled out that Cuttlebug embossing folder which I LOVE and only manage to use on one card per year. Then I mounted some fun paper from Basic Grey on top and stamped a few Devil Kitty Sprinkes. I think I'll send this one to Grandma, she'll definitely like it!

K, gotta run, we're heading back to the NC state fair on the last day. Gotta get my share of fried atrocities before it ends tonight!
Enjoy!
Lara

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pink Ribbon Bellas

I was looking through my stamps and realized that my Bellas had been severely neglected. Poor Bella. I just adore the Bella with awareness ribbon and had to pull her out. My card have been selling like crazy in Oxford and I had some requests for Breast Cancer Awareness.

I kept her pretty simple and colored her with Copics. I then added some crinkly ribbon on the bottom which happens to match the pink in that old SU! designer paper.

Since I was so happy with the first one, I had to make 2!
For this Bella I again colored her with Copics but mounted her on PTI's new Scarlet Jewel paper. PTI also has some fantastic designer paper for the holidays but I love that it can be used for so many other occasions.
Well, I needed to make this quick, we have a birthday party tonight and I needed to get cracking on my Christmas cards!!
Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Good morning! It's Wednesday so that means Royal Kat Wednesday! Hopefully you should have bopped over here from Victoria's blog. If not, scoot on back to the beginning and see what you've missed!

This week we were faced with a color challenge, Orange, purple, black and white. I don't know about you, but those colors just SCREAM Halloween to me! I was digging through my paper and found some super cute paper from Basic Grey.


Purple. check, orange, check, black. check, white. Check!!! Woo Hoo! Dontcha just love it when things work out? I of course colored Top Hat Girl with my Copics to match the paper. Add a few flowers and ribbon and there you have it!! Do you love her? if so, head on over to the store and pick her up for yourself! while you're there, be sure to check out these fabo sales! 55% off of all clearance and 30% off of these stamps: Thanksgiving Dragons, Christmas Tree Dragon, Off Beat Alphabet and Jester Alphabet. Current sales are good through 10/25/09!!

Now, your time with me is over, so head over to Anessa and see her fablousness!
In case you get lost, here's the entire list!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Penny's blog
Vicki's blog
Maria's blog
Kelly's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Victoria's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Helene's blog
Nina's blog
Alex's blog
Meredith's blog
Linda's blog
Nancy's blog
Anita's blog
Sara's blog
Stephanie's blog
Ashley's blog
Katarina's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Enjoy!
Lara




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Special Hop to welcome a new designer!!

Hi all! Over at Quenn Kat Designs we are SO excited to be welcoming a new designer to the crew! Her name is Melia Newman and she creates the CUTEST fantasy images!! Well, Ms Queen Kat herself asked if we could perhaps do a mini blog hop to welcome Melia to the group. I fell in love with these dragons and of course had to say yes!

So hopefully you've bopped here from Helene's blog. If not, please scoot on back to the beginning and check out all of the fantastic creations!


Thanksgiving Dragons! GACK, how cute are they?? I just love this couple, especially since they are defying their parents with a forbidden love affair. Yellow Pilgrims and orange Indians?! This goes to show that nothing can stop true love. Grin...

I pulled out some SU! paper that I'd been hoarding since last year and colored my dragons to match. Sigh, fall colors make me so happy... You know what else makes me happy? A SALE, yep, the two stamps that are being released today are on sale for 30% off as well as the two alphabet stamps that Queen Kat used on the card for the QKD blog today. The best part? This sale will last through Sunday!!!

Did you also know that QKD has a yahoo group? Come over and join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/qkdstampco/ This is our new group. Join up to get the latest QKD info and be alerted to new releases and upcoming sales!

Well, that's all for me today! Your next stop on the hop is the fantastic Kelly! Enjoy and make sure to check out all of the samples on today's hop!

Enjoy!
QKD blog
Helene's blog
Lara's blog - You are here!
Kelly's blog
Alex's blog
Meredith's blog
Penny's blog
Vicki's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Suzy Homemaker?

I just sat down and wrestled the laptop away from Kevin. As I sat down Kevin declared that today was one of my top 10 Suzy Homemaker days. Huh. It's well known around these parts that I am not a domestic goddess. I despise cleaning and really don't understand cooking. Meat baffles me and I am far better at ordering off a menu. You spend an hour or 2 cooking dinner to eat it in 20 minutes then another 30 minutes to clean up the kitchen.

Today I woke up and took some crafts to Oxford. Almost all of my Halloween cards had sold and I wanted to get some more up there as well as some Breast Cancer Support cards. So, go there, then to Party City, then a little decorating. Get home and I decided to make some low fat banana bread using a recipe from the "Hungry Girl Cookbook" (LOVE this cookbook!!!) Then I made dinner and as part of dinner I decided to see if I liked butternut squash. Again using the Hungry Girl Cookbook I peeled, sliced and grated a squash and fried them like hash browns. VERY tasty but I'm not sure if the healthy benefits outweigh what a PAIN it is to prepare... Then make and clean up dinner. Ugh, where did the day go? I think I'd rather be Suzy crafter than Suzy Homemaker. Kevin would disagree...

So, how about a Halloween tag? This is one of my QKD creations using the Batwing Lolita stamp. I colored her with my Copics and adhered her to a tag.

I love the fall vibe. It makes me SO happy (as do those bats from my MS punch!) Well, I have a little more crafting to do! Have a great evening!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

TCP Tuesday!

Brrr! It is chilly here in NC, especially for October! Growing up in the north, this sort of weather was the norm, heck, I can remember fighting with my mom about wearing a coat over my Halloween costume. But a coat in NC in October? practically unheard of! I have broken out the heated seats in the Jetta. This is my first experience with heated seats and wow, does my hiney LOVE them!

Today I had great plans to sit on the couch and enjoy my sweatshirt and blanket. That didn't happen, we were having a code red diet coke emergency and we needed some creamer as well. So, a trip to Target then a trip to the vet. Titus has been wheezing and I wanted to get him checked out. He breathes like a fat kid in gym class. I should know, I was one. Grin...

I'm finally home and I have a crock of Trader Joe's french onion soup in the oven. YUM! Finally a use for my onion soup crock! While we wait, how about a little something for this week's TCP Tuesday Challenge? This week's task was to use buttons.

I pulled out my Fright Night set and inked up some ghosts that hadn't seen the light of day. See!! Gotta use all the stuff from last year! I paired it with some cute designer paper. I just love the big eyes on those owls!!

Since I liked the challenge so much, I decided to make 2 cards! This time I used some witchy leg paper. Witchy leg paper needs a witchy image, right?

I used my Slice to cut out the shape and stamped her with Palette Noir black ink. Then I colored her with my Copics. I discovered that unused stamps are just like new stamps! Right?!

Alrighty, my soup is ready! Have a good night!
Lara

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday!

Welcome back to Royal Kat Wednesday!! Have you been enjoying the hop?? Perhaps you stumbled here first, in that case,you MUST head back to the beginning and check out all of the awesome projects you've missed!

Last Wednesday was release day and I think this was my most favorite set of stamps to date! (I know I say that every month, but I can't help it!) For today's hop we were given a sketch challenge. As I post this, I realize that I didn't quite follow the sketch to a tee... Can we call it artistic license. Yep, that sounds good... Artistic License...

I am SO in love with this! The paper is from Basic Grey and I am so thrilled with the way it coordinates with Vampire Girl. I made this card a bit larger than normal (5.5 inches square) to be able to show off the image, the paper and the accessories. I colored her with Copics to coordinate with the paper. I added a rub on with rhinestones, a rhinestone sentiment and some flowers. I really like how this one turned out and I hope you do too!!

Well, your time with me is over, so head over to Anessa and see what she has waiting for you!
Enjoy!

In case you get lost!
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Penny's blog
Vicki's blog
Maria's blog
Kelly's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Victoria's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Helene's blog
Nina's blog
Alex's blog
Meredith's blog
Linda's blog
Nancy's blog
Anita's blog
Sara's blog
Stephanie's blog
Ashley's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pink Elephant Challenge

Yawn! I was up a little late last night cause the mojo was flowing! (and the kitties were running all over the craft room...) I wanted to participate in this week's Pink Elephant Challenge and I directed my creative juices towards making something with a Fall theme. Yeah, not hard to do...

I brought out my new Fall Elegance set from PTI, which I LOVE and paired it with some fantastic paper from Basic Grey. These colors are definitely a little out of my comfort zone but I'm loving the orange and pink with a hint of grey. Who knew??

The colors did help inspire the sentiment which I thought was perfect for this time of year which is "Season of Hope" I was definitely inspired by this being Brest Cancer Awareness month. This is going to Oxford to Made by Hand and I hope someone will love it as much as I do.

Even though I was up late, Godiva decided that I needed to be up at 8:30am. I think I need more coffee!
Enjoy!
Lara

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Picnic Party

Today was the anual Kappa Delta Alumnae Association Picnic and this year I hosted. It was the first time I've had a soroity event on the new patio. I made KD sugar cookie which are just cookies cut out using the KD cookie cutter. Super cute but a pain to ice. Thankfully they were well received and everyone ate several, then I made the guests take the extra ones home. Yeah!!! That only leaves about 6 in the house.

Since I am lovin the fall I had to show off a little something I made for Halloween. Have I mentioned receintly that I love Halloween and fall crafts???

This is the cutest color combination! Gray, orange and this purple color that absolutely coordinates with the new Scarlet Jewel from PTI. I realized that I hadn't inked up this cute witch from TCP even though I got her last year. Gasp! I colired her with my copics and added a rhinestone sentiment.

Well, tomorrow I'm heading to the Farmer's Market with some friends> I promised Kevin his annual apple pie and I need some apples. I also have a recipe for butternut squash hash browns. I don't think I like squash but maybe some super tasty recipe will turn my taste buds around!

Enjoy!
Lara

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall trees

Yesterday I went to Target to get some hair spray and Count Chocula. Hey, the unemployed girl has to find ways to fill the day. So, I headed back to the holiday section and what appeared before my eyes? Christmas!!! What the heck??!!! It's OCTOBER 9th! Can we at least wait until the end of the month? I haven't even put up my Halloween decorations yet. I think I'll go sit on the porch and shake my fist at people who walk past.

Instead I made a card to celebrate fall. I know that I have to get started on my Christmas projects but I'm gonna hold off just a little longer. So I pulled out one of my stamps from the Unity KOTM and paired it with some delicious Indian Summer paper from Basic Grey (LOVE THIS!)

I colored the tree with my Copics and then I amazed myself by tying a bow with polka dot ribbon and only showing the dots on the knot. I know I will never be able to duplicate that..

Alrighty, I have a chiropractor appointment in a few,
Enjoy!
Lara

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday and NEW RELEASES!!

Welcome to Royal Kat Wednesday!! If you weren't aware, the first Wednesday of the month is when we as a design team get to show off the new stamps for the month. Hopefully you arrived here from Victoria's blog. If not, scoot on back to the beginning and check out all of the great new stamps! I say this every time but this release is truly my absolute FAVORITE to date!! We are introducing a new line of Magna stamps from artist Che Gilison I am SO thrilled to have been given the Top Hat Lolita to play with this month.

Since I have been on a huge Halloween kick, I had to make a tag using her and some funky designer paper. I'm on vacation at my parent's house so I'm having to be a bit more creative with my supplies. No matter how hard you try to plan, you can never bring enough....

I had an absolute blast coloring her with my Copics. After finishing, I cut her out and adhered her to a tag I had covered with Basic Grey paper. Then I cut strips from another piece of dp and placed them on a diagonal. The skulls are cut outs and I found the flowers in my mom's craft supplies.

Well, that's all for me today, I hope you love her as much as I do! Now run on over to Anessa! I can't wait to see what she has in store for you!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Spooky Skully

Hidey Ho! I decided to make some posts to keep both of my faithful readers occupied while I'm away. This time I've headed up to see the parents in Pittsburgh.

So, how about a little card using a SU! set? This image totally cracks me up.

I used some super cute designer paper and layered it with black card stock. This was pretty simple. I stamped Mr Skully and colored his doggie with Copics. Add a few flowers and glittery chipboard and there you go.
Well today I have a fun filled day planned with some old friends. Hope you enjoyed the card!
Lara

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday

Hello there!! Welcome to Royal Kat Wednesday! Hopefully you hopped over here from Victoria's blog. If not, head back to the beginning and start over!

This week our challenge was to alter a frame. Let me tell you, I was SO happy to hear that! When I was making my projects with this month's releases I altered a wooden frame so this challenge was already in the bag! I love it when that happens!


I took a $1 frame from Michaels and covered it with some snowflake dp and Mod Podge. I also covered a wooden snowflake with the same designer paper and while the mod podge was still wet, poured chunky glitter all over it. For the snowman, I first stamped him on the frame then again on a separate piece of paper. I cut out everything except his arms. I adhered him on top of the image on the frame and voilla! He has arms. I felt really smart for that one!

Add some chipboard letters, rhinestones and some ribbon to finish of around the frame and there you have it!

Well, that's all for me! Head over to Anessa see what she has waiting for you!

Enjoy!
Edited: I STINK! Two weeks in a row I put a comma instead of a period in Anessa's blog address. ARGH!!! Sorry about that hoppers. It's fixed now!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

JLO Challenge

Good morning! I have a little something I whipped up for the Jessica Lynn Original Challenge. We had a really cool sketch challenge to play with and I was excited to ink up one of her new Halloween stamps.

Gack! I adore Evee the Owl in her little Voodoo outfit! I colored her with my Copics and added some ribbon to mimic the design of the sketch. The designer paper is from a set I ordered a few weeks ago. I can't recall the name but it's currently on the floor of my craft room. Also, this card is a little bigger than normal. The newest JLo images are a littler bigger than her previous ones which make them perfect for coloring! To accommodate the image I made the card 5.5x6. (I think)

Edited: So I posted this earlier today while fighting with Titus for my lap. The computer was on it and he thought he should be instead. He won and my post looked as if a 2nd grader wrote it. I added a little more info and perhaps some sparkling wit. Regardless, if this is the first time reading the post, consider yourself very lucky....
Alright, I have quite a bit to do today and want to get to the gym before heading to sushi with the girls tonight!
Enjoy!
Lara

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grand Opening!

Here's a little something that I donated for the Made by Hand raffle yesterday for the grand opening. One of the things I love about altered art is the ability to use up old papers and give them new life. This designer paper is from a set I bought last year and never used. I would never use it on a card but look how perfectly it works on the bat.

I used some glitter chipboard letters for the sentiment and some prima flowers. It;s hard to see but there is a black ribbon hanger to suspend it from the wall or door.

Alright, I think that's the end of my pre posting. I'll be back to regular posts pretty soon!
Enjoy!
Lara